Living in Keble Accommodation The College normally has sufficient accommodation to house all first and second year undergraduates and most students who are in their third or final year. Priority is given to those who are on 4 or 5 year courses in recognition of the extra expenditure they would incur if they were to live out of college. There is no married accommodation for undergraduate students. All of the student rooms are either within the College itself, or on the newly acquired Acland annexe, which is conveniently close, on the other side of the Banbury Road. Of the rooms within the College itself, the original Butterfield Buildings which form the Liddon and Pusey Quads offer some 185 rooms; the Ahrends, Burton and Koralek buildings, constructed in 1974 and fully refurbished in 2001/2, form the Hayward and De Breyne Quads and offer some 65 rooms; the 1995 ARCO Building designed by Rick Mather has 87 rooms reserved for students in their final year and there are a further 20 en suite rooms in the Sloane Robinson Building, the newest Mather building, completed in the summer of 2002. The rooms are centrally heated and well furnished with a bed, a desk, storage space, a chair, an armchair and a table lamp. Some 250 have a fully equipped shower room; the remainder have their own washbasins (except for 4) and there are adjacent toilets and shower rooms. The College is fully networked and all rooms in College have ethernet connection points. Personal computers can be connected. There is a telephone in every room in College which is connected to the University internal network. Special Needs Ramps, a flat front entrance to the College, and a lift to Hall, provide essential wheelchair access, and room facilities catering for students with disabilities are available. Candidates with any disabilities should not be deterred from applying. If you are an entrance candidate, please tell us of your disabilities and requirements before you arrive and we will be happy to make the necessary arrangements. Students with disabilities/special needs are also encouraged to visit the College before they apply. If you wish to discuss special needs with someone at Keble College please contact Trish Long on +44 (0)1865 272700. Food The College retains the custom of dining formally in Hall with waiter service each night except Saturday. All other meals are self service. At breakfast and lunch the items are charged individually; a cooked full English breakfast costs approximately £1.00 and lunch between £1.30 and £2.60 depending on the items chosen. The current price for a two-course dinner is £3.56 and £4.11 for three courses. The College provides a selection of vegetarian dishes and caters for special diets. The quality and quantity of the menus are areas where students can provide very direct feedback to those responsible for their preparation. Effective feedback leads to better meals and Keble has acquired a good reputation in this area among the undergraduates. As well as the formal dining hall, Café Keble is open all day during term in the Sloane Robinson Building for drinks and light snacks. Library The Library is one of Keble's most important academic resource and we aim for it to be of the highest calibre. It holds a collection of over 40,000 books, which cover the core needs of all the undergraduate subjects studied here and additionally some of the taught graduate courses. Most of the books are available to be lent to College members and there are also important reference sections. The collections are constantly updated at the suggestion of the College tutors, and students are also encouraged to submit purchase requests for the books they feel are of most use to themselves. Some of the collections housed in the Library are of more specialist interest and we have a particularly fine collection of early manuscripts, which are consulted by scholars from all over the world. The Library is housed in a single site in Liddon Quad; the Upper Library is one of the finest examples of Victorian Gothic architecture in the country, and the more recent refurbishment of the Lower Library has won awards for its design. The Library is certainly a pleasant place to work, and with about 100 working spaces at desks, many students take advantage of its quiet, calm atmosphere which is especially conducive to effective studying. The Library is run by a professional librarian who is able to help users find the material they need. Users have access to electronic catalogues, databases and other information technology resources to help locate references not just in Keble, but in libraries all around Oxford and the world. If your needs are more specialised then Oxford has an unrivalled collection of libraries to cater for you. Keble is immediately adjacent to the Radcliffe Science Library and the Hooke Lending Library, and is very conveniently located for the University's Bodleian Library and the many faculty libraries. Other facilities in Keble Library include access to central CD databases and there is also a card-operated photocopier for Library users. Computers and Internet Access Each student room in College is fitted with a network socket. This gives students the ability to plug their own computer into the College network and gain access to laser printers, file servers, University facilities and direct connection to the Internet. Students' machines are seamlessly installed onto the network via a registration page and the College IT Department will help you with any problems getting onto the network and will provide anti-virus software. Email is the normal mode of written communication within the College, and so students are strongly encouraged to bring their own computers to attach to the network. For those who do not bring their own computers, Keble has computer rooms containing machines which run typical application software including word processing, email, graphical editing and numerical analysis. Access to the central library facilities and online databases is also possible. The computer room also contains a high quality laser printer, for which students are charged on a per-page basis. All computers are networked to a central file server and full access to the Internet for email, world-wide web, file transfer etc. There are also a number of computers elsewhere in the College for email access only. The Academic Week Consists of a mixture of: One or two tutorials conducted usually in pairs, sometimes alone, with a Keble tutor, or with another tutor whom he or she arranges for you to see. With support, you learn how to find information that, in your opinion, matters; how it fits or does not fit the case you wish to argue, or help to solve the problem set; how to convince a sceptic. You learn how to think for yourself, to write forcefully, to accept criticism, and the validity of other points of view. You learn self-discipline and how to pace yourself in the face of an apparently formidable task. A prime qualification for all this is to be able to read avidly. Lectures and classes arranged by the faculty in the University. The time you devote to these depends a great deal on your subject and the stage you have reached in your course. They form another resource for your tutorial work and for your own private study. In the sciences, practical or data-handling classes run by the various science departments. A quarter to one-third of your time might be spent on these.